It is with great joy that I announce that in March I will start teaching composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts (mdw) in Vienna. I am looking forward to joining the faculty, meeting my students, and starting this new chapter of my life!
Eva G. Alonso, Chris Swithinbank, and I have been working as a trio since last year, creating audiovisual performances which adapt and react to space. We are extremely grateful to the Festival Rümlingen, which welcomed us in Oltingen (Switzerland) and gave us the best possible (physical and mental) conditions to work and develop M/R together.
Such an honor to receive the “Premio della critica Franco Abbiati” for the album Earthing. My music is somehow absent in Italy, but it is always a great pleasure to have support from my home country. Grazie!
My new portrait CD has been just released by KAIROS this month! It includes all my large scale pieces — MOULT, for orchestra; paw-marks in wet cement (ii), for piano, 2 percussions, and ensemble; Troglodyte Angels Clank By, for ensemble; and dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii), for string orchestra — performed by the WDR Orchestra, Wilhem Latchoumia & L’Instant Donné, Klangforum Wien, and the Münchener Kammerorchester.
My deepest thanks to the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, who gave me this incredible and unique opportunity; to KAIROS, for the production; to Markus Böggemann, for writing a beautiful booklet; and to all the musicians, artistic directors, graphic designers, and technicians involved in making all this possible.
My new portrait CD is finally out! It includes all my string quartets — A Failed Entertainment (2013), dead wasps in the jam-jar (2017–18), Earthing — dead wasps (obituary) (2019), and You crawl over seas of granite (2020) — amazingly performed by JACK Quartet, released by WERGO.
Many thanks to Deutscher Musikrat, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and WERGO, for the production; to Theresa Beyer, for writing such a nice booklet; to Michael Havenstein for the recordings and mastering; to Chris Swithinbank for the cover image; and last but not least, to Austin, Chris, Jay, and John, for their commitment and never-ending attention to every single sound. You guys pushed my imagination to new darker territories, and I will be forever grateful.
You can find the CD here or listen to it on Spotify (headphones are HIGHLY recommended).
I hope you enjoy it.